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* RealityEnsues: In "Timberly Loves Arnold", Arnold fears that rejecting Timberly will hurt her feelings. When he finally does, Timberly just goes off into a tangent about waffles, goes inside for a snack and off-handly tells Arnold that he doesn't have to be her "boyfriend" if he doesn't want to be. She may have been super insistent on her infatuation, but it was still just that: infatuation. From a first-grader. It didn't matter ''that'' much to her.

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"Timberly Loves Arnold", Arnold fears that rejecting Timberly will hurt her feelings. When he finally does, Timberly just goes off into a tangent about waffles, goes inside for a snack and off-handly tells Arnold that he doesn't have to be her "boyfriend" if he doesn't want to be. She may have been super insistent on her infatuation, but it was still just that: infatuation. From a first-grader. It didn't matter ''that'' much to her.her.
**In "Principal Simmons", Mr. Simmons is given the chance to run the school as principal and imagines it as an idyllic, academic paradise for children thanks to his lenient rule and lack of restrictions. Instead it becomes a chaotic urban jungle since it turns out that some sort of order and rule are required to effectively run a school full of pre-teens.


** The [[LargeHam hammy]] factor in Harold's voice took a season or two to start shining through, and after that, it gets cranked up more and more, especially when [[FragileFlower he goes into his crybaby mode]].

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** The [[LargeHam hammy]] factor in Harold's voice took a season or two to start shining through, and after that, it gets cranked up more and more, especially when [[FragileFlower [[ProneToTears he goes into his crybaby mode]].


** In "Married", Helga's dream of being married to Arnold ends with them sharing a BigDamnKiss in the middle of a ''pastrami sandwich'' - unlike most instances of the trope, they start out already looking at each other, and seem to be doing the whole thing on purpose, making it appear more like [[EroticEating G-rated food foreplay.]]

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** In "Married", Helga's dream of being married to Arnold ends with them sharing a BigDamnKiss TheBigDamnKiss in the middle of a ''pastrami sandwich'' - unlike most instances of the trope, they start out already looking at each other, and seem to be doing the whole thing on purpose, making it appear more like [[EroticEating G-rated food foreplay.]]

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* WorldOfMysteries: In a sense, Hillwood itself is this. The city is a treasure trove of urban legends (like the Haunted Train and the Headless Cabbie) and just plain weirdness (like Arnold's neighbor Mr. Smith who is implied to be a spy). Though some of the legends, like the Monkeyman, are given non-mystical explanations, most of them remain unresolved.

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* RepeatedRehearsalFailure:
** In "Operation Ruthless", Arnold is trying to come up with a greeting for meeting his crush Ruth at a carnival. Gerald tells him to keep it simple and just say "Hi, Ruth!" Arnold then spends most of the episode repeating "Hi, Ruth." to himself over and over so he doesn't forget it. At one moment he forgets and Gerald has to repeat it to him.
** In "Stuck in a Tree", Arnold, Harold, and Eugene are stranded on top of a tree in the park. When Chocolate Boy walks pass, they wave him over and instruct him to "Go to the fire station, tell them [they're] stuck in a tree, and ''don't stop for chocolate!''" When Chocolate Boy walks off, he repeats the instructions to himself but mixes them up: "Go to the fire station, tell them they're stuck at a tree, don't stop for chocolate. Go to the tree, tell them they're stuck at the fire station, don't stop except for chocolate..." Harold sighs in defeat: "He's not coming back is he?" [[spoiler:By the end of the episode, he actually does come back with the fire department.]]

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** One episode introduced Lorenzo, an even richer kid that was transfered to the school. His debut centers around Arnold trying to help him to act more like a kid, since he spends most of his time acting like an adult.

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* TokenRichStudent: Rhonda Lloyd is always flaunting her wealth and her parents are so rich that they considered having to sell a yacht to afford their honeymoon "financial crisis", yet she attends P.S.118 along the other kids.

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* TheSimpleGestureWins: In "Arnold as Cupid," Arnold is trying very hard to get Oscar and Suzie back together. Shame Oscar is... kind of terrible, and completely ruins every (manufactured by Arnold) Grand Romantic Gesture. However, at the end of the episode, he actually does something unselfish and refuses money from Suzie and she's so moved by this that she takes him back.

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** Speaking of Mr. Green, we never see him working as the city's councilman after he was elected in "Mr. Green Runs".


* WereStillRelevantDammit: In an {{in-universe}} example, Dino Spumoni's backstory shows us that he was trying way too hard to roll with the times, such as creating a disco album in the '70s and a rap album in the '80s. He fared better when he went back to singing his '50s tunes.

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* WereStillRelevantDammit: In an {{in-universe}} InUniverse example, Dino Spumoni's backstory shows us that he was trying way too hard to roll with the times, such as creating a disco album in the '70s and a rap album in the '80s. He fared better when he went back to singing his '50s tunes.

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* WinHerAPrize: Seen a couple of times between Arnold and Lila, when he gained (or tried to gain) a prize this way for Lila.


* SoldiersAtTheRear: Gerald's father reveals he accidentally shot his commanding officer during basic training and was reassigned to a desk job, but was still deployed to Vietnam. While driving to another base with paperwork, he came across a wounded soldier and used his paperwork as bandages while transporting him a medic.

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* SoldiersAtTheRear: Gerald's father reveals he accidentally shot his commanding officer during basic training and was reassigned to a desk job, but was still deployed to Vietnam. While driving to another base with paperwork, he came across a wounded soldier and used his paperwork as bandages while transporting him to a medic.field hospital.


* SillyReasonForWar: In "The Pig War", Grampa takes Arnold and his friends to a reenactment of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_War Pig War]], which in their version of history erupted into all-out war (we know it's not one of Phil's tall tales because of the other people at the reenactment).

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* SillyReasonForWar: In "The Pig War", Grampa takes Arnold and his friends to a reenactment of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_War org/wiki/Pig_War_(1859) Pig War]], which in their version of history erupted into all-out war (we know it's not one of Phil's tall tales because of the other people at the reenactment).



* [[{{Somethingitis}} Something-itis]]: "Monkey Business" had Helga being sick and, because she reads a book of fictional diseases, thinks she has "monkey-nucleosis" (which will supposedly turn her into a monkey and is incurable). As a result, she spends what is a regular 24-hour flu being MistakenForDying.

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* [[{{Somethingitis}} Something-itis]]: SoldiersAtTheRear: Gerald's father reveals he accidentally shot his commanding officer during basic training and was reassigned to a desk job, but was still deployed to Vietnam. While driving to another base with paperwork, he came across a wounded soldier and used his paperwork as bandages while transporting him a medic.
* {{Somethingitis}}:
"Monkey Business" had Helga being sick and, because she reads a book of fictional diseases, thinks she has "monkey-nucleosis" (which will supposedly turn her into a monkey and is incurable). As a result, she spends what is a regular 24-hour flu being MistakenForDying.



* SpiritualSuccessor: Sky Rat (Craig Bartlett's second Nicktoon) will be this when it premieres.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Sky Rat ''Sky Rat'' (Craig Bartlett's second Nicktoon) will be this when it premieres.


* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: Made during this period.


** Tucker, Coach Wittenberg and Trish's son, is never seen after his first appearance even though his parents show up several times afterwards.

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** Tucker, Coach Wittenberg and Trish's son, is never seen after his first appearance even though his parents show up several times afterwards. He would finally return for a cameo appearance with his parents in ''The Jungle Movie'' .

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